Dentists routinely use anesthesia to help keep patients comfortable during extensive dental work. As most individuals detest the dentist due to fear, noise, or pain, anesthesia can hinder those issues, relaxing the person.

Although often used by dentists, doctors, etc., many hold the opinion that anesthesia is bad and shouldn’t be used. However, some dental procedures must use anesthesia to complete the work. If you’re one of those individuals that are uncertain about its use, here are a few tips to prepare yourself:

  • Don’t hide your medical history– Before your appointment, your dentist will go over your medical history with you to determine if you’re a good candidate for sedation. If you have sleep apnea, be sure to tell them. When the work is taking place, they will have to carefully monitor your breathing. Also alert them to any allergies you may have to rubber, latex, or medicines. It’s also important to disclose any medications that you’re on or have previously taken. Safety is key. If an issue isn’t noted when it should have been, the anesthesia may not have the desired effect during your procedure.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions– Unfortunately, many people are too shy or afraid to ask questions when they don’t completely understand what’s going on. However, understanding the whole picture and procedure will help you feel more comfortable because you’ll know what will happen. If the thought of sedation makes you feel a bit nervous, ask what dose is appropriate for your age and general level of health. To also quell your fears, don’t be afraid to ask the dentist about their capabilities and experience with this work. The more work they’ve done with sedation, the more comfortable you’ll feel.
  • Follow instructions– Before your appointment, you’ll be given information about the procedure from your dentist. Read it! The information will give you instructions for what you must do before and after your appointment. It’s imperative you follow these. Many procedures require you to refrain from eating or drinking for an extended period of time. This is because they can cause you to vomit when under the influence of anesthesia. Under anesthesia the body doesn’t work normally; certain reflexes are relaxed. If vomiting were to occur, it could cause major complications. If you’re unclear about any of the instructions or information provided, clarify your questions with your dentist.
  • Do some research– Are you scared of what will happen when you wake up? Have you watched too many YouTube videos showing people after their wisdom teeth surgery? If you’re concerned with how you’ll react to the anesthesia, conduct some research. That way you’ll know what could happen and prepare yourself for it. Common side effects of anesthesia include nausea, vomiting, and a sore throat. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you can be given medication to help subside them.

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Anesthesia needs to be used when certain dental procedures are being done. There’s simply too much pain involved for the patient to be awake and comfortable. If you want to better prepare yourself for the use of anesthesia, disclose your medical history. It could affect the dosage you ultimately receive. If you don’t understand a part of the procedure or have any other questions, don’t be afraid to ask. Also follow the instructions given to you. They’re given to you for your own safety, so it’s imperative you follow them. The last thing you can do to prepare yourself is to do some research.